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Tafluprost

Where is Tafluprost used?

Tafluprost is a medication for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription. This regulates the flow of fluid within the eye to maintain normal pressure. Lowering high pressure inside the eye can help prevent blindness. Tafluprost is supplied as a sterile solution. 

How does Tafluprost work?

Tafluprost is a type of medicine called a prostaglandin analog. This decreases the pressure in the eye by imitating the action of a naturally occurring prostaglandin. In the eye, they increase the drainage of the aqueous humor out of the eyeball. Tafluprost is a synthetic prostaglandin that acts on the same receptors in the eye as the natural prostaglandins. It causes an increase in the drainage of aqueous humor out of the eyeball which decreases the pressure within the eye.

The pressure within the eyeball is naturally maintained by a continuous flow of liquid called aqueous humor through the eyeball. Aqueous humor is produced by a part of the eye called the ciliary body. It drains out of the eyeball through channels called the trabecular meshwork. If the outflow of aqueous humor is blocked, the aqueous humor builds up inside the eye which increases the pressure within the eyeball. This pressure needs to be reduced, as otherwise it can damage the optic nerve and impair vision as a result. 

How is Tafluprost taken?

Apply this medication in the affected area as directed by your doctor. This is usually applied once a day in the evening. Do not use Tafluprost more often than prescribed. Using this more than the prescription can make it work less well. To apply drops, wash your hands first. Do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Apply gentle pressure for 1-2 minutes before opening your eyes. Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed. If you are having medication other than this, wait at least 5 minutes before applying it.

What are the precautions in taking Tafluprost?

  • This eye drop may cause your vision to blur temporarily. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this affects you. 
  • While using this medicine you should have regular eye examinations.
  • Use this with caution in people with an artificial lens in the eye, no lens in the eye, a history of inflammation of the middle layer of the eyeball, those with decreased kidney or liver function, and people with severe or poorly controlled asthma. 
  • This is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age. 
  • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Let your doctor know if you have previously experienced such an allergy. Stop using this medicine if you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction and inform your doctor right away.
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor first before using this prescription